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    Sculpture

    13 April 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 43

    A BRONZE FIGURE OF MARS

    WORKSHOP OF TIZIANO ASPETTI, (CIRCA 1559-1606), VENETIAN, CIRCA 1590-1610

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    A BRONZE FIGURE OF MARS
    WORKSHOP OF TIZIANO ASPETTI, (CIRCA 1559-1606), VENETIAN, CIRCA 1590-1610
    On an integrally cast plinth and a later square breccia marble base
    18 ¼ in. (46.4 cm.) high, the figure; 19 ¼ in. (48.7 cm.) high, overall


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    The figure has its origins in a colossal marble figure of David carved by Girolamo Campagna to guard the entrance at the Zecca (now Libreria Marciana, dated 1591). The pendant to the David was carved by Tiziano Aspetti, a Paduan sculptor a generation younger than Campagna, who developed a distinctive and highly influential style, based on the dramatic lighting of the Venetian masters, in particular Tintoretto, and the narrative modeling in the round of Giambologna, whose work Aspetti would have seen in abundance after his move to Tuscany in 1604.
    In the modeling and contrapposto posture the present figure compares closely to several works in Aspetti’s oeuvre, including another figure of Mars in the Frick Collection (1916.2.56), an attributed Male Nude in the Getty Museum (88.SB.115), it also has the same lean facial features as Aspetti’s Mars as a Contemporary Warrior in the Met Museum (1970.314). Only one other cast of this model is known, but lacking Mars’ shield, now located in Budapest (Balogh, op. cit., no. 230).

    Pre-Lot Text

    Property from the Abbott-Guggenheim Collection


    Literature

    M. Schwartz, ed., European Sculpture from the Abbott Guggenheim Collection, New York, 2008, pp. 114-115, no. 55.

    COMPARATIVE LITERATURE:
    J. Balogh, Katalog der ausländischen Bildwerke des Museums der Bildenden Künste in Budapest, Budapest, 1975.


    Exhibited

    San Francisco, The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Renaissance and Baroque Bronzes from the Abbott Guggenheim Collection, 3 Mar. – 11 Sep. 1988, L. Camins ed., pp. 50-51, no. 14.